Low back pain in a young athlete

Thursday, April 21, 2011
An athletic office worker presented with acute onset low back pain after lifting some office furniture. The pain was non-radiating and localised to the lower lumbar spine. Clinical examination was unremarkable. plain radiography taken. The pain improved after a period of immobilisation in a corset. 

The patient continued his sporting activities. He re-presented 18 months later with persistent low back pain similar to the initial presentation.Repeated the plain radiography.
Identify the abnormalities in these X rays.

ANSWER

Lumbosacral plain radiography shows a left L5 pars defect and repeated plain radiography shows bilateral L5 pars defects

Answer - Lumbar Spondylolysis


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5 comments

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. ?collapse lumbar vertebra

     
  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Spondylosis and Pars reticularis Fracture is clear in the image above and this condition affect mostly in L5 and is common in adloescent athletes.

     
  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. PID

     
  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. Spondylosis

     
  9. ahmed Says:
  10. L4 fracture pars

     

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